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Farrell Spurns England Rugby Chance to Stay as Saracens Coach

Andy Farrell will remain as Saracens coach after turning down a chance to join the England national team staff, the Premiership rugby club said on its website.

Farrell, 36, was a member of the England staff under interim coach Stuart Lancaster during the Six Nations championship. After leading England to a second-place finish, Lancaster was given the job full-time last month and wanted to hire Farrell on a permanent basis.

“It has been a special privilege for me to be involved in the Saracens coaching staff for the past 2 1/2 seasons,” Farrell said. “We have made decent progress during this period but, in truth, as a club, we have barely scratched the surface of our potential. The job isn’t anywhere near half done, and I have decided I want to help finish the job.”

Saracens said in a statement on their website that Farrell will remain with the London-based club for the “foreseeable future, and will not be accepting any other position in rugby union.”

“While Andy was clearly an important part of the coaching team during the course of the Six Nations, we fully respect his wishes to continue as a coach at Saracens,” Ian Ritchie, chief executive officer of the Rugby Football Union, said in a statement. “We will continue to work hard with Stuart Lancaster to build a world class coaching team as well as look forward toward the Rugby World Cup in 2015.”

Farrell, a member of England’s squad at the 2007 World Cup, spent 18 years as a player in both rugby league and rugby union. He retired in 2009 to take a coaching job with Saracens and last year led the team to the Premiership title in his first season as head coach.

Saracens are second in the Premiership this season and reached the quarterfinals of the Heineken Cup before losing to Clermont Auvergne 22-3 last weekend.

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